Friday Music
September 2016

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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2 September

Peter Smith, Sue Newsome and Natascha Briger (clarinets)

'Something Borrowed - Arrangements for Clarinet Trio'

Excerpts from 'The Magic Flute' - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
    Aria - "Hell's Vengeance Boils in My Heart"
    Aria - "Ah, I Feel It, It is Vanished"
    Duet - "Pa-, pa-, pa-"

Flute Fantasia No. 6 - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Baryton Trio 96 - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Cello Duo Op. 50, No. 1 - Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)

Three Fugues from The Well-Tempered Klavier - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
    No. 2 in C minor (Book 1)
    No. 12 in F Minor (Book 2)
    No. 11 in F Major (Book 1)

Here, There, and Everywhere - John Lennon (1940 - 1980)\Paul McCartney (1942 - )

When I'm Sixty-Four - John Lennon (1940 - 1980)\Paul McCartney (1942 - )

Sue Newsome

Sue's performance career has ranged from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon to chamber music for Musica Viva with the Windbags Quintet and orchestral appearances with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in conferences, including the 2013 Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference, the 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, the 2005 World Bass Clarinet Convention and the 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference. Sue has recorded for Belgian Radio and the ABC and made recordings with SSO, AOBO, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Seymour Group, Duo Contemporain and Clogs. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, where she studied clarinet with Gabor Reeves, Sue was the recipient of an Australia Council Grant for postgraduate bass clarinet study with Professor Henri Bok at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in the Netherlands. Sue is currently Lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Natascha Briger

Natascha graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium, Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium Munich and the Hochschule for Music in Saarbruecken under Prof. Edward Brunner. She has worked regularly with Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia where she performed at the BBC Proms in London. Her international career as a soloist includes performances in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. She has given live broadcasts on Saarland Radio Saarbruecken, 2MBS-FM Sydney and BBC Radio 3 and recorded various films, including the Oscar-nominated German film, Jenseits der Stille. She was the founder of the London-based contemporary group, Bennelong Ensemble (2000-20007) with whom she performed extensively throughout Italy and the UK including the Purcell Room, Cheltenham and Aldeburgh Festivals and a performance for Sir Charles Mackerras's 80th birthday celebration at Australia House. She has performed with members of the Australian World Orchestra for their Southern Highlands Chamber Music Festival and participated in educational workshops during their India tour last year. She has been teaching clarinet and saxophone at Ascham since 2010 and enjoys being the mother of 3 girls.

Peter Anthony Smith

Peter received his Bachelor in clarinet performance in 2009, and his Masters in clarinet performance in 2012, both from the Sydney Conservatorium, where he now works as a casual wind tutor and lecturer in the musicology department. Highlights of some of his previous performances are performing as a soloist with the Balmain Sinfonia, performing recitals for the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in 2013, a well-received chamber tour of Paris and London in 2011, and recording a jazz trio album in 2013. He has also performed or recorded with the Sydney Chamber Opera, Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Kammerklang, Halcyon, and Ensemble Offspring. In addition to his work on clarinet and bass clarinet, Peter champions the Electric Wind Instrument (or EWI) in public recitals and recordings. His Youtube channel (Soundole VGM Covers), is dedicated to making covers of video game music using the EWI (Soundole VGM Covers). This channel currently has over 300,000 views, and Peter has so far released 3 albums of his covers, and appeared on numerous album releases by Gamelark, The Materia Collective, and Multiplayer.


9 September

Sirius Ensemble


Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet) and

Benjamin Burton (pianoforte)


Trio for flute, clarinet and piano - Miriam Hyde (1913 - 2005)

'the birds will sing them off' for solo clarinet - Alan Holley (1954 -)

Dance de la Chèvre for flute and piano - Arthur Honneger (1892 - 1955)

Sonatine et Trio for flute, clarinet and piano - Florent Schmitt (1870 - 1958)


Formed in 2011, Sirius Chamber Ensemble is a mixed ensemble of winds, strings and piano. Our passion is to perform music from the classic to contemporary periods, in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. We are committed to collaborating regularly with local composers and presenting new music alongside the classics. We relish the opportunity to perform the larger works for winds, strings and piano, as well as music for smaller groups of instrumentalists. Our repertoire is diverse and often features unusual combinations of instruments. The name 'Sirius' resonates with the history of Sydney, borrowing the name of the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius.

More information about our group and upcoming performances can be found at our pages:





16 September

'Divas on Demand'

Jo Allan (pianoforte)


Essen trinken (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Tutti

Der Hölle Rache (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Natalia Melnik

Ricevete (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Tutti

Amanti (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Tutti

An Chloe (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Andrea Quaglia

The Tower (Benjamin Britten) - Mikayla Tate

Sound the trumpet (Henry Purcell) - Mikayla Tate and Olivia Morberger

Domine Deus (Antonio Vivaldi) - Olivia Morberger

Witches (Giuseppe Verdi) - Tutti

De los alamos (joaqùin Rodrigo) - Stephanie Jones

Waltz of my heart (Ivor Novello) - Wendy Hopley

Hushabye mountain (Robert and Richard Sherman) - MIkayla, Steph and Olivia

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (Giacomo Puccini) - Suzi Stengel

Now to the banquet (Gilbert and Sullivan) - Tutti




23 September

Tracy Wan (violin)

Alastair Duff-Forbes (violin)

 Belinda McGlynn (pianoforte)


Sonata No.5 in F major Op.24 (Spring) - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto espressivo
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Tracy Wan (violin)

Violin concerto for two violins in A minor Op.3 No.8 RV522 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
1. Allegro 
2. Larghetto e spiritoso
3. Allegro

Tracy Wan (violin)
Alastair Duff-Forbes (violin)


Tracy Wan began her violin studies at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she made her solo debut with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as 1st prize in the violin concerto competition. There she studied with Alice Waten and then Pavel Prantl. In 1993, she was awarded full scholarship from the Meadowmount School of Music. Tracy Wan won the 1st prize in the 1994 Kocian International Violin Competition in Prague and was invited to perform for the Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten at the Hong Kong Governor's House.

Having been awarded full scholarships from The Australian Institute of Music for the Young Musicians Program and SCECGS Redlands, Tracy Wan continued her violin studies with Alice Waten in Sydney in 1995. She won 1st prize in the 1998 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition; as well as 1st prize in the 1999 Polish Concerto Competition and the Multiple Instruments Concerto Competition 2000. In 1998, she was awarded a full music scholarship from St. Andrew's Cathedral School. Her solo performances frequently broadcasted on the 2MBS-FM. In 1999, the Pan Pacific Music Camps awarded her a full scholarship to participate in the International Violin School.

In 2002, Tracy Wan was awarded the International String-Player Award and was placed second in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. Her live performance was selected for broadcast on Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. She also recorded for "Young Australia", ABC Classic FM. She was the associate concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra music camp 2002. She led the Viva String Quartet from 2001- 2003, which won the 1st prize in the Open Age String Quartet Competition at MacDonald's Performing Art's Challenge 2003. The quartet was invited to perform in the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Tracy Wan held a full scholarship for her Bachelor of Music in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. There she was granted Advanced Diploma of Music in performance in 2003.

Tracy Wan relocated to Melbourne in 2004, to fulfil her commitments as an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and was the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Symphony Orchestra.  She performed as a soloist with the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Violin Concerto No.2 under the baton of John Harding and recorded for the "Hush Collection" CD vol.II which is now distributed around Australia. Tracy Wan graduated from the VCA – Melbourne University with Bachelor of Music in performance (Honours) 2004.

After studying with Zakhar Bron and Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at HKAPA in 2005, Tracy Wan began her Master of Music in performance under Kathleen and Allison Short scholarships with the Chair of String Unit, Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. She performed in Julian Rachlin's masterclass and gave solo recitals in NSW. In 2007, Tracy Wan performed live on 2MBS-FM as part of the "Emerging Young Artist Series".

Tracy Wan founded the Sapphire String Quartet which was selected to perform for the APEC Summit at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th September 2007. The Quartet has played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet and the Artemis String Quartet. In 2010, Tracy led the Sapphire Ensemble into the finals of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition.

Tracy Wan has been a member of the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 2007 and was invited to perform with the Macau Symphony Orchestra in 2013.  She recently performed as a soloist in the opera by candlelight concerts in Canberra.


Alastair Duff-Forbes began playing the violin at the age of five and the piano at the age of seven. He attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship. During that time, he studied the violin with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter, and the piano with Stephanie McCallum. Alastair obtained his A.Mus.A for violin in 1998 and for piano the following year. He was awarded the L.Mus.A for violin in 2002.

In 2001, Alastair began his studies for a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance, continuing his studies under Goetz Richter. Since then, he has received a number of Scholarships including the Matteson and Nancy Roberts Scholarship, the Chapple Bremner Award and a Rotary Scholarship. Alastair graduated with honours at the end of 2004 and studied for a Master of Music in violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under Chris Kimber and Carl Pini. Alastair has participated in masterclasses with artists of international renown, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dene Olding, Lara St. John, Walter Verdehr, Charles Castlemann, the Borodin Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. Alastair reached the semi-finals of the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2001.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed many concerti including the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143, the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tracy Wan and Orchestra 143, and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Balmain Sinfonia. In 2012, Alastair performed the world premiere of Chernobyl, violin concerto, by Aaron Kenny with the Bourbaki Ensemble – a work that was written especially for Alastair.

Alastair has been an active chamber musician for many years, and has been a member of many different ensembles including the Sapphire String Quartet, the Stables Quartet and the Stables Trio. He has performed in a wide variety of events including the 2006 Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, the 2007 APEC leaders' conference at the Sydney Opera House, and the world premiere of 'Dreams and Visions' by John Petersen, in 2011.

Alastair has been a member of many orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Eminence Symphony Orchestra. He has been Concertmaster of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Bourbaki Ensemble and Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. He is currently Concertmaster of Balmain Sinfonia. Alastair studied conducting with Henryk Pisarek in 2003 and 2004. He has performed as a conductor in various concerts including with Orchestra 143 in 2010.


An honours graduate and scholarship recipient of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Belinda McGlynn spent her post-graduate years in Melbourne as resident pianist for the Australian Ballet, and then as scholar at the Australian National Academy of Music. Belinda has enjoyed solo performances, playing concerti with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, but feels most at home in collaborative roles as a chamber and orchestral musician. She has given concerts extensively throughout Sydney, Melbourne and regional Australia, and has also been broadcast several times on ABC radio. Belinda lives in Sydney and performs regularly, alongside several teaching posts.




30 September

Peter Guy (organ)



Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - Antonio Vivaldi / J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro

Sonata No. 4 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante religioso
3. Allegretto
4. Allegro maestoso e vivace

Arabesque from 24 Pieces in Free Style - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Pièce Héroïque - César Franck (1822 - 1890)


Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Prior to this, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney, and was the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney.

Peter studied for his Bachelor of Music (majoring in organ and choral directing under Dr Philip Matthias) at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium, which he received with first class honours and the University Medal. During this time, Peter received a number of scholarships and awards, including the Vice Chancellor's Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award. In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, where he played Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in g minor with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Rumon Gamba.

Peter has toured abroad on a number of occasions, as soloist and accompanist. Most recently he has returned from directing the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, on their inaugural international tour to the UK (July, 2016). He has performed in locations such as St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral, London, Notre Dame, Paris and numerous venues in South Korea. He has performed for the Organ Historical Society (USA) on two occasions, including performing the opening recital of the 2010 National Convention in Pittsburgh. Peter has recorded two solo Organ CDs, and features as an accompanist and soloist on recordings by The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, Newcastle University Choir, and Christ Church Camerata, in addition to directing Christ Church Cathedral Choir for their recording O for the wings…

Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia in venues across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Barossa Valley.



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